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Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Chocolate mousse in heart-shaped ramekins | H is for Home

We don’t do the Valentine’s night restaurant ‘thing’ – long rows of tables for two, knocking elbows with the couples either side. So we usually stay in with something good to eat and a bottle of red.

This Valentine’s, Justin made gnocchi Gorgonzola and I made chocolate mousse for dessert (I even served them in heart-shaped ramekins). We rented a film, bought a bottle of nice Shiraz and settled in for the night… perfect!

Chocolate mousse isn’t quite a cake or a bake but I thought I’d share the recipe anyway! I tweaked a recipe from Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch: And Other Recipes from the F Word

Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse

Yield: makes 4

Cakes & Bakes: Chocolate mousse


  • 100g dark chocolate
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  • 1 egg white
  • 50g caster sugar
  • White chocolate shavings, to garnish


  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces and set aside. In a small saucepan, heat half of the cream until boiling
  2. Turn off the heat, add the chocolate pieces and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl set over a large bowl of iced water and add the rest of the cream and brandy
  4. Using a hand-held electric whisk, beat the mixture to soft peaks
  5. Remove the bowl from the iced water
  6. Whisk the egg white with a hand-held electric beater until it forms stiff peaks
  7. Add the sugar to the egg white, one tablespoon at a time, whisking continuously
  8. Using a large metal spoon, carefully fold the meringue through the chocolate mixture
  9. Spoon or pipe into chilled ramekins or serving glasses/pots
  10. Garnish with the white chocolate shavings
  11. Serve immediately or chill for up to 2 days

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Happy Valentines Day

Friday, February 14th, 2014

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vintage red enamel coffee jugdecorated with little white hearts

We love you vintage enamel coffee pot

Etsy List: Be my Valentine

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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'Be my Valentine' Etsy List from H is for Home

Be my Valentine
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We always like to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little post. This year, we bring you a selection of Valentine-inspired vintage homewares available on the Etsy website. Click-through if anything takes your fancy!

You’re All Heart!

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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selection of alternative Valentine's Day gifts

I’ve never really been into Valentine’s Day – unimaginative boxes of chocolates, flowers and lacy undies… and all those tables-of-two in jam packed restaurants.

Here’s my top ten selection of things that could get me into the Valentine’s swing of things!

  1. Sweetheart Shape Sugar – £6.95, Fortnum & Mason
  2. Personalized Carved Heart Engraved Wood Cutting Board – $45 USD, Etsy
  3. Heart Mirror – £12, Urban Outfitters
  4. Mulberry Valentines heart key ring £70, Selfridge’s
  5. “home is where the heart is” Mug – £9.50, Oliver Bonas
  6. Double Heart Silicone Mould – £3.99, Lakeland
  7. Diana F+ Love Letters with Flash – €99, Lomography
  8. Heart Snow Globe – £10, Paperchase
  9. Vitra Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton – £1900.60, Heal’s
  10. 12 Mini Heart Silicone Cases – £5, Marks & Spencer


Monday, June 7th, 2010

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vintage 1950s/60s light green moulded plastic toy typewriter

We added this vintage toy typewriter to the H is for Home shop recently. A child’s Mettoy ‘Prefect’, it was one of 3 typewriters that we picked up – all in the same town, on the same day!!

vintage 1960s 'Lilliput' typewritervintage 1970s 'Lilliput' typewriter

In addition to the ‘Mettoy’, we bought this ‘Lilliput’ junior typewriter with its cute tartan carry case…

vintage 1970s electric blue portable Smith Corona designed by Ghiavintage 1970s electric blue portable Smith Corona designed by Ghia

..and finally this absolutely mint electric blue Smith Corona example designed by Ghia – a company more famous for designing cars – Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Volkswagens… and even a Ford Cortina!

vintage 1970s orange Silver Reed 'Silverette' typewriter

We love a nice typewriter. We’ve sold a few others in our web shop – this yellow Silver Reed  ‘Silverette’ was a favourite. And the boxed 1950s tin ‘Mettype’ that was snapped up on day 1 of our Child’s Play section launch.

vintage 1950s red tin Mettype typewriter

It’s a shame that first the word processor and then the personal computer brought on the swift demise of the typewriter, however they still have a place in many people’s hearts. Tom Hanks is a famous celebrity collector of typewriters – lugging them home from his travels round the world!

vintage 1970s/80s 'Valentine' typewriter designed by Ettore Sotsass

They’re obviously still usable (we know a good ribbon shop by the way)… and they can look just great on a desk or shelf – especially when they are as gorgeous as this iconic model… the ‘Valentine’ designed by Ettore Sottsass for Olivetti… sheer beauty!

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